“Doctors never did find the source of the bleeding,” says Bret’s sister. “He’s not out of the woods probably for six months!”
One of Bret Michaels‘ family members is giving the world a hopeful, but still cautious, update on Bret’s condition and his harrowing brain-hemorrhage experience on April 21 in San Antonio.
On Wed, May 5, Bret’s sister Michelle Sychak, opened up about her brother’s progress on The Todd ‘n’ Tyler Radio Empire and even though Bret’s docs at The Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix say he’s in good shape — nearly miraculous shape, really, considering the severity of his hemorrhage — there’s still a tough road ahead. “I think the next step is home,” says Michelle, but for the time being Bret wants to be with less severely afflicted patients than the ones at Barrow: “He really pushed to be transferred to you know someplace with I think people that were in the same level of mindset as he is.”
Here’s what she told the show:
“Good news! It was shocking because I really didn’t see that happening. He’s doing really well. I mean, he sounded great. I could tell, you know I think that Barrow Institute is great, but when you think about what was around him, he was doing so much better than most of the people that are in there. Imagine if you will you’re in a ward where you’ve survived this brain injury and you’re feeling pretty good and you’re yourself and you can walk and talk and you can do all those things. and then everyone around you or most of the people around you are either in a coma or maybe a vegetative state or they’re just nowhere near the level, you know what I mean? And just, I think it was very difficult for him to see that every day, and he said it just was so depressing and he really pushed to be transferred to you know someplace with I think people that were in the same level of mindset as he is.”
On Bret’s progress and moving to a rehabilitation center, Michelle says, “I think the next step is home, and I don’t think that will be too long down the road. I think he’ll do better in a little bit more upbeat, I guess is the word I would use … I talked to my Mom and Dad, and we’re all planning our trip out.”
On Bret’s recovery time line, she says, “Brett is just chomping at the bit to get back out … the doctors never did find the source of the bleeding. He’s not out of the woods probably for six months.”
– Lindsey DiMattina